On the 27th September 1977, the Yak & Yeti was opened by our chairman, Mr. Radhe Shyam Saraf, founder of Saraf Hotel Enterprises. The Hotel started as a 120 room, 5-star hotel – the first of its kind in Nepal. A new wing of an additional 150 rooms was built in harmony with the architectural features of the old palace, Lal Durbar, bringing the room total to 270.
In the year 1885 A.D, Bir Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana, one of the most distinguished of the powerful Rana Maharajas and a renowned builder and musician, built the most elegant palace theatre in Kathmandu known as the Lal Durbar Convention center. Bir Shumsher Rana, built the grand Lal Durbar or The Red Palace as a theatre and residence for his family. The Palace, is over 100 years old and has many of the original heritage interiors that have been carefully maintained. The red marble was shipped in from Italy and carried from Calcutta to Kathmandu on the backs of porters. Mirrors and chandeliers were also imported from Europe – no expense spared in homage to the decadence of the era. At the epicenter of the hotel’s rich history, Lal Durbar now hosts a grand ballroom, a casino, banquet rooms and our signature Chimney restaurant.
The whole hotel is a sumptuous array of beautiful artefacts, art and traditionally crafted fixtures. Attention to detail has been meticulously considered throughout, giving the feeling you aren’t just in a hotel as much as an art gallery or museum.
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